May 22, 2009
Studio: Strand Releasing
Director: Yôji Yamada
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Yôji Yamada, Teruyo Nogami
Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Tsurube Shofukutei, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Keiko Toda, Mirai Shida, Miku Sato
Copyright Holder: N/A
Set in Tokyo in 1940, the peaceful life of the Nogami Family is upset when the father, Shigeru, is arrested and accused of being a Communist. His wife Kayo works around the clock to maintain the household and raise her daughters with the support of Shigeru’s sister Hisako and Shigeru’s ex-student Yamazaki, but her husband does not return. WWII spreads, casting dark shadows on the entire country, but Kayo still tries to keep her cheerful determination and sustain the family with her love. Official selection of Berlin International Film Festival.